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Nikon Z 6

Nikon Z 6

from  $1999.95+
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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

After launching the high-resolution, expensive Z7, Nikon has unveiled the much more affordable Z6. It’s the best full-frame mirrorless camera on the market for video, offering a full-frame, full-pixel sensor readout for super crisp 4K video. You can output 10-bit, 4:2:2 log video to maximize dynamic range and shoot 1080p video at up to 120 fps. While the selection of native lenses is still limited, you can adapt any F-Mount DSLR lenses with an optional $250 adapter. Image quality and colors from the 24.5-megapixel sensor is excellent, and your images and video are more likely to be sharp and smooth thanks to the 5-axis in-body stabilization. Autofocus tracking can be a bit slow, and the single XQD card slot is unfortunate. But if you’re looking at Sony’s A7 III, especially for video, you should take a hard look at the Nikon Z6, too.

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Pros
  • Best full-frame mirrorless camera for video
  • In-body stabilization
  • Good ergonomics
  • Excellent images and color science
  • Relatively affordable compared to Z7
Cons
  • Mediocre autofocus subject tracking
  • Single card slot uses hard-to-find XQD format
  • Touch display doesn’t flip around
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

90
Steve
I switch to the Z6 from the D500 about two months ago and I'm still mixed on...read more
80
Jody
I upgraded from a D90...a 10year old camera, my first and only DSLR that I had...read more
90
Vivek
I have used Z6 extensively over last 1 month with two third party lenses, the...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
 
100
TechRadar
Nikon certainly hasn't held back with the Z6, and any worries that it would miss the mark are dispelled as soon as you pick it up. Until now we'd have had little hesitation in recommending Sony's Alpha A7 III if you were in the market for a well-specced full-frame camera at around the $2,000 / £2,000 price point, but the Nikon Z6 is in many ways the more compelling option.
 
90
Digital Trends
Despite having fewer megapixels than the Z7, Nikon’s Z6 is the better camera for most of us.
 
100
DigitalCameraReview
The Nikon Z6 is always going to be somewhat overshadowed by the more powerful and higher-resolution Z7, but actually it’s a much more versatile camera, as well as being much more affordable. On paper it could easily come across as being a little bit dull but worthy; in practice its finesse, performance and image quality are just awesome. Every camera has flaws and weaknesses, but the Z6 almost squeezes them out of existence.
 
90
Imaging Resource
Nikon anticipates that their new Z6 mirrorless camera will prove to be a very popular all-around choice for enthusiasts and professionals alike, and from what we've seen so far, we'd have to agree.
 
90
Ken Rockwell
This Z6 is the camera you really want since it's the same as the Z7, just faster, and costs much, much less — so Nikon is delaying it for two extra months because they want us to have to buy the Z7 instead if we want it anytime soon. Hey, Japan and America are free countries so they can sell what they want when they want. Tough, get the Sony A7 Mk III if you're in a rush.
 
90
ePHOTOzine
The Nikon Z7 delivers excellent image quality, and is a great full-frame mirrorless camera.
 
100
TrustedReviews
Put this fantastic handling together with excellent image quality – and that attractive price point – and you’ve got the best enthusiast-level, full-frame mirrorless camera you can buy right now.
 
80
AppleInsider
In a similar vein as to how Apple packed almost everything that makes the iPhone XS great into the cheaper iPhone XR, Nikon kept the Z6 an all-around great camera for half the price. If you are looking for speed or low light perks, the Z6 actually bests the Z7, while still costing less. Compared to other cameras in the same price range Nikon does come up short with battery life and media card slots, but these weaknesses can be overcome.
 
100
Photography Blog
We were extremely impressed by the Z 7, and the Z 6 impresses just as much – albeit in different ways. For the price, you get a fantastic camera and we can see this jumping straight to the top of many amateur and enthusiast photographers wishlists – and perhaps even finding a place in a pro’s kitbag too.
 
80
Camera Labs
I'd say the Nikon faithful will be happy as they essentially now have a Nikon version of the A7 III with better F-mount compatibility and the potential for some exciting lenses in the future. But for anyone building a new system from scratch, the Sony A7 III remains a highly compelling alternative with an established collection of high quality lenses.